Mountain Climbing – It’s Hard
I was thinking about mountain climbing today, and one of the things that stuck out in my mind was all the beautiful things you encounter along the way. Barriers and challenging terrain aren’t the only things we face when climbing a mountain. There are lovely things along the way too.
A few of the things I see
When you’re mountain climbing, you might see forest animals like squirrels, raccoons, snakes, little bugs, both crawling and flying. Depending on what time of year you climb, you may see some beautiful and lush green landscape or wildflowers blooming from beneath boulders. Down in the valley, you might see cattle grazing or a bear crossing.
When I think of mountain climbing metaphorically, I think of drawing closer to the top, closer to God. I think about God’s love along the way. Many times I think about the peace that surrounds me on the hike. The wonder of His mercy and grace envelope my thoughts, as I imagine them raining down on me, and it’s sweet.
Nothing can compare to knowing they come from the creator of the heavens and earth. How majestic is His name that He would take the time out for you and I. Along the paths, as we are climbing up the mountain, I am constantly reminded of God. I imagine for a moment nothing else around but He and I walking together. Hence the closeness I feel.
It’s a love relationship for me. The Lord is my rock and my salvation. When I see boulders along the path, I think of how strong the Lord almighty is, moreover, the strength that surrounds me.
Psalms 18:1-2 says this, “I love you, o Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
I love being reminded of that fantastic news, reminded that when I am weak, oh my beloved friend, I know someone stronger than I.
Father, thank you for the reminder of who our strong tower is. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.